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2018 POP FINALISTS

Each month, 21CM asks a leader in music to highlight the People, Organizations and Projects that have inspired them most. We then hand the voting over to our readers to select their favorites.

It all culminates in this moment, a list narrowed down to 11 finalists for the greatest honor of them all – the POP Icon. Our rules are simple: Vote for as many as you like until December 31. We’ll announce the POP Icon along with the winners in each category in early January. Get voting! Have a voice in this POPocracy!

Vote by December 31!

January

Founders

“The Beatles meets Radiohead meets Appalachian folk band, with each member boasting insane musical chops”

Category: Organization

Curator: Sarah Whitney

February

Mary Kouyoum­djian

“a composer and musical documentarian whose work tells important stories from a diverse range of perspectives”

Category: People

Curator: Kate Sheeran

March

Cristian Ma˘celaru

“an incredible conductor on the way to something big”

Category: People

Curator: Kimberly Fisher

April

Sandbox Percussion

a“vibrant percussion quartet” that “celebrates the world of contemporary percussion chamber music”

Category: Organization

Curator: Jeffrey Nytch

May

Opera Saratoga

guided by Lawrence Edelson, an opera company that is “unafraid of exploring new territory”

Category: Organization

Curator: Mark Adamo

June

Gabriela Martinez

a pianist known for the “lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations and her elegant stage presence”

Category: People

Curator: Sami Merdinian

July

Jail Guitar Doors USA

an organization founded by rock icons that “provides instruments, hands-on music instruction and concerts to incarcerated individuals”

Category: Organization

Curator: Keith Javors

August

Aynur

“one of Turkey’s most well-known musicians” and a “beloved representative for the Kurdish people”

Category: People

Curator: Hadi Eldebek

September

Colleen Phelps

a percussionist, new music advocate, and Nashville-based radio host who always has “an exciting project in the works”

Category: People

Curator: Cristina Spinei

October

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

“one of the most unique compositional voices” whose “music makes me question my assumptions”

Category: People

Curator: Miki-Sophia Cloud

November

Lara Downes

“a pianist and curator who’s passionate about bringing to light the untold stories of both yesterday and today”

Category: People

Curator: Afa Dworkin

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